Mark Diacono

Mark Diacono


Mark is one of the country’s foremost food writers, known for his original take on all things edible. His A Year at Otter Farm, published in 2014, won the Andre Simon Food Book of the Year; A Taste of the Unexpected won the Guild of Food Writers Food Book of the Year 2011; and The New Kitchen Garden was published this spring. Mark has also written three River Cottage Handbooks, and is one of the authors of the forthcoming River Cottage Bible. He has won numerous Garden Media Guild awards for his writing and photography.

His unique smallholding, Otter Farm, is home to orchards of – among many other things – pecans, peaches, almonds, Szechuan pepper, apricots, a vineyard and the most delicious varieties of vegetables and herbs.  His idea is not only pioneering, it is also beautifully sustainable – taking advantage of climate change to grow low carbon food helps arrest its acceleration. It also means he’s lucky enough to spend most of his time eating, growing, writing and talking about food. Mark has now established his gardening and cookery school at Otter Farm, as well as running the blog relating all its daily joys.

He writes regular features for the Daily Telegraph, occasionally for the Observer, the Guardian and a host of other publications, and has a monthly column in The Simple Things. Mark’s award-winning Otter Farm blog has run for 10 years, has many thousands of followers.

Mark also led the Garden Team at River Cottage, appearing in the TV series, running courses and events at River Cottage HQ. He is one of the authors of the widely popular River Cottage series, of which the most recent is River Cottage A-Z: Our Favourite Ingredients and How to Cook Thempublished in September 2016.

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The thickest people on the planet are the ones who defend Carl Benjamin on these grounds:

Lyra McKee's letter to her young self. Well it has finished me off....what a loss.

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Just ordered our whole family's tampon and sanitary towel bundle from Hey Girls!, who are not only organic, but also donate like-for-like to girls in need on everything you buy. It's like if capitalism was good. I love them:

Tomorrow's special hour long GW is very special. It includes a visit by Rachel to Longmeadow and a conversation between myself and her about the role of gardening and health and in particular her own experience of over the past year with cancer.

This beautiful memoir publishes today: the brave beautiful story of living solo on a London narrowboat. Buy it and seek out a sunny meadow in which to read.

Stonehenge - a story of immigration.

Strength to strength. Seeing Carole being publicly ridiculed by *scrupulously impartial* BBC politics presenter/Spectator publisher @afneil is but a distant memory.

Fancy taking 'A voyage in vinegar' at Fortnum & Mason with me & Russell Norman? We'll be delving into the global heritage, production, and culinary uses of this kitchen staple. 2nd May, 6.30pm, @Fortnums. £15 with champagne & canapes.

There are plenty of ingredients in the hedgerows that you can use to create a Friday night cocktail. Just be sure to forage under the tutelage of an expert (or two)!
At #AFF2019 you can do just that with @foragefinefoods and @MarkDiacono